Girl commits suicide after being forced into marriage

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After getting tired of a forced marriage, a Malawian girl identified as 18 year-old Jestina Gondwe decided to commit suicide by throwing herself into a river in Mzimba, Malawi police say.

Malawi24 understands that the girl was forced to marry 20 year-old Mavuto Chirwa who discussed the arrangement with Gondwe’s parents behind her back.

Chirwa paid the bride price and made every arrangement required for someone to get married in accordance with the Ngoni culture.

After getting impressed with the groom, the girl’s parents are said to have forced their daughter, who was in standard seven, to get married on condition that she will continue with her education while in marriage.

police“They agreed with the groom that their daughter will continue her studies while in marriage. The daughter complied and got married to Chirwa with whom she had a child but the baby died soon after being born,” said Samuel Zimba who followed the story.

According to Zimba, the couple agreed that the girl will go back to school after giving birth. After the death of the baby, the girl reminded her husband of the agreement but he insisted that he was not ready to send her to school because he had plans to make another child with her.

This made the girl to get furious and she threatened her husband that she will divorce him because she wanted to go back to school to realise her dream of becoming a teacher.

However, Chirwa threatened to kill the girl if she dared to divorce him.

“The girl got more furious with that and went to her parents to report but they only told her to persist in marriage and remain royal to her husband. This made her to consider committing suicide by drowning at one of the nearest rivers here,” added Zimba.

Efforts to get clarifications from her relatives on the story proved futile as they were afraid to grant an interview to this publication.

However, police publicist for the district, constable Kanjauso, has since confirmed the incident.

Kanjauso told our reporter that the police together with a medical team went to the scene and postmortem results conducted proved that she died due to suffocation.

“We are aware about the incident and as police we are very saddened with that because we still believe the matter would have been solved without costing life. Our advice is that people must not rush to commit suicide while we have victim support units which are there to help them,” said Kanjauso.

The deceased hailed from Ching’ombe village, traditional authority Khosolo in Mzimba district.

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  1. Kodi aMalawi 24 munaphunzira sukulu yakuti? Timati ‘an 18yr Old’osati ‘The 18yr old’, ‘without her notice’osati ‘behind her back..’izi mukulembazi mukuipitsa mbiri yadziko ngati tonsefe ndife mbuli.Ngati chingerezi chikukuvutani kazilembani Chichewa or chiyankhulo chomwe mungathe.Shame on u!!!

    • Man, inuyo ndiamene sukulu siinakuthandizeni. You can’t correct an English sentence out of its proper context like you are trying to do; ndizosatheka man. And the phrases you are saying are wrong are perfectly right. What u r bringing here is primary school english where phrases are corrected with no regard to context. Go back to school gentleman, it’s not too late.

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  3. So sad how can this happen,pls my fellow african marriage is about agreeing each other dont force to marry someone he/she is dont like, very very sad to hear this

  4. ndinkayesa bodza wina akundiwuza kuti anthu akumponela adayamba makhalidwe akwa mphunga ku salima kwawo kwa aladi samu , adaleka zowalimbikitsa sukulu ana kuti akawone lilongwe kapena ndilande sizi lero mwana wachotsa moyo wake, mwina anali wajoni mwamunayo paja tidadzalanso kujoni masiku ano

  5. ameneyo ndichilango basi kwa mulungu ndithu musapite mbali ndimau ai .kuliboma komanso mabungwe akanapita akanamuthandiza or akulu mpingo church akanachitapo kantu ndie apa ndisakunamizeni ngati wazipha mofuna azalandila chilango basi pokhapo ngati mwina zilizaufiti it’s ok kwaiyeyo mulandu kulibe kwamulungu ndithu ine ndaweruza motero mabwana.

  6. Anthu ena timachita zinthu mopupuluma, mpakana kuzipha nkhani yake yaukwati basi? Ndiponso ukwatiwo unali utayambika kale coz pamabadwa mwana simaseweratu. Ndiye m’mene wadziphamu uphunzitsiwo ndiye utheka? Kumwalira kwa mwanayo zitha kutheka kuti amadziwaponso kanthu. Nanunso makolo autsiru mutengerepo phunziro osamasankhira ana munthu womanga naye banja.

  7. tzwona mbal zonse apa nkutheka mwanayo amafuna kukwatiwa nd achdya makanda ndye makolo amamufunla syz yake nanga zoona 18yrs std 7?mnal nzelu mmenemo? akamalza al nd zaka zngat xol?

  8. #Mlimbura ur comment is invalid coz sizowona kuti ukakwatila or kwatiwa sungatenge matenda unless utandiuza kuti njira zotengera matenda sumaziziwa ** mwanayo i hope anali ndicholinga pa moyo wake nde makolowo amakhala ngat akumusokeza thats y apanga zimenezi JAH JAH MULANDILENI MWANAYO

  9. Very very sad.banja sakakamiza mbuli inu(parents).I ask the goverments that should deal with such pipol,and fellow Malawians please report such practises to police,some parents don’t realy know what it means to raise a child,paja amati mwana wanzako ndiwakoyomwe udyanaye ukachen jera manja.let’s hold hands together and fight such evil practises.and for you victims know that every problem always have a solution so don’t end your life.

  10. Nthawi zina mwana wamkazi amakakamizidwa kukwatiwa kamba ka ahule.

    Nde makolo amakhala pachiopsezo choti atha kutenga mimba amamuna onse mkumukana kapena kutenga zotenga tenga malinga ndimmene zilili kunjaku limazakhalano vuto lamakolo.
    Atsikana alusa kunjaku inu angopanga zomwe akufuna ndi Kulelayu angovula mosaonanso msinkhu wamwamuna

    Atsogoleri achitsikana nde ambiri akuvulalira mkati kudyetsa kuyambira primary eish

    • A YONECO amangozichemelera pa radio koma pa ground samathandiza.Sayankha foni,akayankha zonena zake za zii.Ine ndinapeza mtsikana anali oyembekezera ndipo mnyamata anammenya mwana kufera mmimba apolisi sanamthandize,ntayimba 116 ya yoneco anati mumuuze apitebe kupolisiko.Nde kuthandiza kwao nkumeneku ?????